Customs and international trade in Thailand

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP is noted for its expertise in trade and customs litigation, commercial contracts, as well as a broad range of non-contentious customs and international trade matters. Pornapa Luengwattanakit advises on trade competition matters and assists Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Malaysian companies on a spectrum of international trade mandates. Panya Sittisakonsin focuses on advising on the tax aspects of international trade and represents clients in customs litigation cases.


‘This team made a great impression since the first time we met, they demonstrated professionalism by show us the deep understanding of our case which show us the good preparation even before getting business.’

‘They have very good knowledge on the concerned topics and are always available even after working hours. They also provided swift service with a broad range of knowledge and have a willingness to help.’

‘Panya Sittisakonsin is the engaging partner for BMW Group Thailand. The overall services which we have received are excellent in terms of quality and speed.’

‘Iwarin Pornchottaweesap is one of the excellent lawyers who provides great legal service to BMW from time to time.’

R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited

R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited handles both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to customs and international trade, customs disputes as well as anti-dumping mandates. The practice is led by Melisa Uremovic, who represents clients in customs, anti-dumping and safeguard proceedings, as well as undertaking advisory work in this space. Surasak Vajasit assists multinational clients in customs-related disputes, and Supawat Srirungruang provides advice in litigation proceedings relating to trade agreements.

Practice head(s):

Melisa Uremovic


‘R&T Asia (Thailand) team is very familiar with the antidumping duty investigation, so they handled the case very efficiently and appropriately.’

‘Their team has one Japanese lawyer Ryota Yoshitaki who has practised in private industry before joining to R&T Asia (Thailand). Therefore, a potential Japanese client may be able to communicate in Japanese if they wish. ‘

Key clients

Philip Morris (Thailand) Limited

Nippon Steel Corporation, JFE Steel Corporation and Kobe Steel Limited

Nippon Steel Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Philip Morris (Thailand) Limited in its customs valuation disputes, which have been brought before the Criminal Court and is the subject of WTO proceedings and compliance proceedings brought by the Philippines against Thailand.

Tilleke & Gibbins

The customs and international trade practice at Tilleke & Gibbins represents domestic and international clients in a range of matters, including customs classifications and valuations, anti-dumping compliance and import and export licensing. The team is jointly led by Michael Ramirez, Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn and Kobkit Thienpreecha. Ramirez assists domestic and international clients with customs and excise litigation cases, and Teerasitsathaporn also handles complex customs disputes.

Key clients

Amec Foster Wheeler (Thailand)



Oculus VR


Red Bull GMBH

Siam Kubota

Tao Kae Noi

Work highlights

  • Advised an NYSE-listed manufacturing company for major OEMs on rules of origin application and other customs benefits under the India-Thailand FTA and the ASEAN-India FTA.
  • Advised a multinational chemical manufacturing company on anti-dumping, regional value content (RVC) rules, and related customs issues under the China-Thailand FTA.
  • Advised an American energy drink manufacturer on registration of an excise tax mark on canned beverages with the Thai Excise Department in order to streamline the excise tax process when importing products into Thailand.